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Instruction: LS101

Library Information and Research (LS101)

LS101 is a one-credit required course for UAF Bachelor's and Associate degrees. To fulfill this requirement you may choose one of the following options:

  • Pass the LS101 course.
    • Register for a face-to-face or online LS101 class.
    • The minimum passing grade for LS101 for most degrees is C- (1.7). Education programs (Elementary, Secondary, and Child Development & Family Studies) require a C (2.0).
  • Pass the UAF Library Skills Competency Exam.
    • To register, contact eCampus Exam Services at 907-455-2060 or There is a $30 registration fee.
    • You may take the exam even if you are enrolled in a LS101 course; If you pass the test while you're enrolled in LS101, remember to drop the course to avoid course fees.
    • You may take the exam up to two times;
    • You may take the exam even if you don't live in Fairbanks.
    • What's on the UAF Library Skills Competency Exam? We can't tell you what's on the test, but we can give you a general idea. Have a look at some sample questions.

LS01 Petitions, Appeals, & Questions

Do you have LS101 petitions, appeals, or general questions?

  • Forms for petitions and appeals are available on the Office of the Registrar forms page (look for the Undergraduate core/GER petition form (PDF) under the Degree Services tab).
  • Email your petitions, appeals, or questions to the Library Science Department Chair, Tyson Rinio,

LS101 Course Catalog Description

"Introduction to effective library research methods and principles of information organization and retrieval. Class work emphasizes applied experience with finding and evaluating information, especially through use of library catalogs, journal indexes, and Internet resources."

Student Learning Outcomes for LS101

Students will develop successful library and information retrieval skills:

  1. Students will be capable of developing, implementing, and reviewing search strategies.
     Student Learning Outcome:
    1. Students will construct logical search strategies.
  2. Students will demonstrate their ability to use library resources.
     Student Learning Outcome:
    1. Students will identify and search databases and catalogs appropriate for specific assignments and topics.
    2. Students will demonstrate their ability to retrieve resources using online catalogs and multidisciplinary databases.
  3. Students will be capable of evaluating the appropriateness of their resources and apply evaluative criteria to determine validity and veracity of information.
     Student Learning Outcome:
    1. Students will identify, evaluate, and select authoritative resources.
  4. Students will be capable of citing sources appropriately and illustrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism.
     Student Learning Outcome:
    1. Students will appropriately cite subject/discipline related resources.
    2. Students will recognize what constitutes plagiarism.

Contact the Library Science Department Chair

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
1732 Tanana Loop
PO Box 756800
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6800
Phone: 907-474-7481​​
Text: 907-341-4404​

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